October 25th, 2007

Ignite Portland was (insert your favorite fire-related metaphor here)


Ignite Portland, the Portland-flavored version of the O’Reilly concept designed to encourage the sharing of burning ideas in 5 minutes or less, just wrapped up.

Held at the Wieden+Kennedy office in the Pearl, the rumored-to-be-oversold attendance numbers—somewhat miraculously—proved to be exactly the number of people allowed by the fire code. Go figure.

Topics of the 18 presentations ranged from knitting to unicycling to chickens to turning Japanese.

Rest assured, there was some geeky stuff, as well.

Exit polls are looking very positive. Every presenter should be very proud. (I’m not going to call any favorites. But if you want to do so in the comments, I won’t stop you.)

A heartfelt thanks to the organizers: Josh Bancroft, Dawn Foster, Todd Kenefsky, Raven Zachary, and the bevy of other geeks and non-geeks who helped make this a reality. And an equally heartfelt thanks to all of the presenters who made this whole thing incredibly interesting.

If you missed the event, you can read the Twitter stream, check the photos by tag or in the Flickr group, wait patiently for the video to be uploaded, or you can read some of these recaps:

Got a recap? Post it to the comments and I’ll make sure to add it to the list.

(Personally, I got the chance to meet a bunch of the real-life versions of the avatars I see on a daily basis. To all of those folks, thank you so much. Great to see you. I know there were a bunch of people I missed, as well. And I’m truly sorry that we didn’t get the chance to meet.)

The next event is planned for January. Hope to see you—and meet you—there.

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20 Responses to “Ignite Portland was (insert your favorite fire-related metaphor here)”

  1. Damn! I didn’t get to meet you. :(

  2. [...] the next few days, I’m sure blog posts and photos will trickle onto the web. In fact, they already are. I’ll have the videos posted in a couple of weeks (some have asked why so long – it’s [...]

  3. Wm says:

    A most excellent event. This was my third Ignite event (not counting DemoCamp; the other two were in the SF area), and was easily the best.

    My favorite talk was the one on how chickens saved this woman’s life. When a speaker has only 5 minutes / 15 seconds per slide, there is a tendency to be kind of hyper and rushed, but the chicken presentation was relaxed and almost tranquil. That in itself is amazing, and the content was interesting, too.

    There was only one presentation where someone seemed to be selling (cough, branding) and that was probably my least favorite one. But other than that, they were excellent!

  4. Todd says:

    Looks like the link to Scott Huber’s talk on Russell Davies is linked to Adam Duvander’s Simplicity post. :-)

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    @Todd: Thank you! Fixed. ;)

  6. Noel Franus says:

    My first Ignite event, but certainly not my last. You guys did a stellar job of pulling it together. And the speakers and format provided a gumbo of ideas that I’m not sure I’ll see elsewhere for a long time. Thanks all.

  7. [...] 26th, 2007 Silicon Florist has a round-up of links from last night’s Ignite Portland event. I had a great time. Those five minutes go really, [...]

  8. [...] a name tag that said “Rick” on it. Hey Rick, were you hiding someplace? Rick has the best collection of posts and links from the event that I’ve seen so [...]

  9. Dawn Foster says:

    Awesome – thanks for keeping track of all the post-Ignite coverage!

    It was great to put a face with the avatar :-)

  10. here’s my write up. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you. lets connect at the next one.

    http://www.techcraver.com/2007/10/26/ignite-portland-debrief/

  11. [...] Florist’s round up of Ignite Portland wrap up info (most comprehensive coverage in [...]

  12. Thanks again for pulling this list together – really appreciate it! :-)

    And a huge thanks to everyone who attended, presented at, or helped us pull this off. It was a ton of fun, and I can’t wait for Ignite Portland 2 in January!

  13. llywrch says:

    Hey, just thought I’d say it was great to meet you and Mike Lucich last night. (And one thing I forgot to mention in my own blog account was that you’re taller in person than you appear to be on your blog.)

    Geoff

  14. This was better than I could have imagined! I’m hooked. Can’t wait for the next one.

  15. [...] tag. For complete coverage of the event with links to many other blogs discussing the event, visit Silicon Florist. Rick has done an amazing job of aggregating the event [...]

  16. [...] those of us lucky enough to attend the first Ignite Portland, this is welcome [...]

  17. [...] it’s anything like the first Ignite Portland, it’s not an evening you’ll soon [...]

  18. [...] could top the presentations of Ignite Portland and Ignite Portland [...]

  19. [...] and I had a met a couple of times. Most notably at the first Ignite Portland, for which he had graciously offered up the W+K space to host. But honestly, I had no idea why he [...]


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